Certified Business Analysis Professional

Posted on September 30, 2009 by

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The Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) is one of the certifications for which TAPUniversity offers exam preparatory courses. The certification exam is primarily based on the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®). The BABOK is composed of six business analysis knowledge areas, business analyst competencies, and descriptions of common techniques. The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) is the organization that both awards the CBAP and publishes the BABOK. Their website is www.theiiba.org. The IIBA endorses certain business analysis courses, and the organization with the approved course(s) is called an Endorsed Education Provider (EEPTM). TAPUniversity has EEP status. The CBAP exam has 150 multiple-choice questions and candidates have three and a half hours to take the exam.

There are strict guidelines on who is eligible to take the CBAP exam, as it is meant for experienced business analysts. When applying for the exam, 7,500 hours (about 5 years) of business analysis work must be documented within the last ten years. For at least four of the six business analysis knowledge areas, 900 hours (about 6 months) of work experience must be documented. Additionally, candidates must have at least a high school education, 21 hours of professional development in the last four years, and two references.

More about earning the CBAP certification can be found in the official PDF handbook: http://www.theiiba.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Certification/Process/IIBA_CBAP_Handbook22Jun09.pdf.